Friday, 19 December 2008

Cooper would be drooling...

Again, the seasons favourite, 'felted wool'. This time, as a set of wool and crystal doughnut decorations. Time consuming to make but they look fun. Will need to up my skills within the packaging making department. Acrylic paints dont look all that slick!

Testing testing, 1, 2 and stop.

I was trying to get an idea of what my woolen blanket may look like, so i made some cushion covers for my room as a test. The colours and fabrics i had left were a bit nasty and only resulted in odd combinations. Easy to make, not so easy to make them look nice. Oh well, on the plus side they are very comfy and cosy. Good for people with limited sight maybe or very dark houses. I will have to try harder with the blanket and do much more hand finishing. It will be a big job but ive spent ages collecting and shrinking the wool. Though i dont think i will ever be fully happy with all the colours. I should have got my expert friend to dye them specifically. Ahhh, next time!

Favourite old jumpers

A few little teddy keyrings made from felted wool and some of that good old fashioned t-shirt paint, that had suprisingly not dried up since i was 12 years old. 'Favourite old jumpers', the christmas army, have marched on out to those people who helped me move house and bought special gifts for my baby.

White all over......

First part of the painting done and everything ended up white. Two work stations- one desk and one sewing table. Hopefully i can get back on the road with crafting pretty soon.

The rest of the house is a dump but at least this is my hideout, it will do until i can find something better. Its a pity white paint cant solve all the problems. Thank goodness for showers at Rosie's and good food and cards at Sofka's.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Two blue,

That my hands are daily covered in paint makes me less productive on the stitching front. Still need three more shrunken jumpers for my blanket but im dying to make it up now. Must wait til i have moved though. Real wool is hard to come by in London charity shops, I may even have to wait for a trip to Devon.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

got some sparkle...

A whole lot of sparkle is on the way, these are just the first...

Things to do:

* Paint entire bedroom white- with studio space and good storage
* Move house, whilst fat and unable to lift things
* Sew lots of sample masks
* Make baby clothes
* Sewing for costume designer
* Work out what to give as Christmas presents and go into production
* Start collaboration work
* Go to Maternity classes
* Have baby
* Try to make new flat nicer, paint- make communal areas bearable-suitable for a little one
* Work out finances- how to support baby and myself
* Sew, sew, sew, sew, sew and live

I am just about to start the painting, as soon as i can get volunteers and then the rest is all just fingers crossed and try for the best. Im going to have a big scary year ahead of to keep my calm for today and not panic too much, im just going to finish a couple more masks......

Thursday, 25 September 2008

im being lazy.....again.

This bunting was finished almost a week ago now. What i would call a Country Church Fete style. It made about 22m in finished length and i ended up having too much for the room but it was quite fun. Still wishing for the day i might own an overlocker so i dont have to bag everything out, press and topstitch. Thats labourious.
Today im being lazy, im restless, the weathers dull and i dont want to go attention span is short and i dont want to make
anything. Maybe i have creators block, i really hope it doesnt last. Fingers crossed.

(the print in the top picture is by Illustrator Rosie MacCurrach)

Friday, 19 September 2008

More for the bean

So i had a few last scraps of jersey and thought id also use some of my old fabric collection for 'girly' baby clothes. These are the results so far. More dresses in the making- got to experiment with a few more fabrics, can't help it.
Had an e-mail today from someone saying they liked my masks, quite joyous, there is hope for me still.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Baby baby baby....

Ok, so I know ive still got three and a half months to go but i get bored if i dont constantly have something to make. Ive made booties, shorts and bibs and then i made lots of sleeveless little numbers, all out of old clothes. The woolen ones are a little chunky but the jersey ones took a long time as i have no overlocker and had to hand sew all the binding. Stupid thing is you can pick up a just as useful one in

Woolworths for about £1 each and mine look like they were shop bought anyway. I wonder if i will actually use them...

I am also currently working on 20 meters of bunting using vintage fabrics from an old collection, which i hope will look spectacular and a felted woollen blanket. I guess the masks are on hold for a little bit, at least until i can get some interest in them and create a bit of a direction for production.

another bag....

Ive made so many of these bags already, different sizes, shapes, colours and fabrics. They are really practical, durable and the black ones always get a comment, they are proving to be quite popular. I made another one....

Saturday, 16 August 2008

what is more than an obsession...?

Today i finished my latest mask. The felted wool, seems like it might become a regular member of the collection. Im thinking about leather next and maybe a pirate style, I really am more than obsessed. I think people think its just a bit quirky for now but im sure they will start to get worried if i continue for a whole month. (my aunt has already sent me a message saying they are boring and uncommercial but its all that keeps me from twiddling my thumbs at the moment so i haven't stopped). If i carry on i will be drowning in these little pests by christmas. Ive even joked to my friend that i may end up making some for my poor little baby, (due december), What can i do with them? (and am i mad, or could this just be classed as borderline boredom?)

Thursday, 14 August 2008

The beginning...

To escape my little dungeon would be quite a task. Obsessions breeding and stitches stitching, im stuck to my stool for now. So to add to the list..... here goes Pip...